On This Day: A Letter from Thomas W. Temple II to Walter P. Temple, 8 November 1926

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Just after the royalty checks started arriving from the first oil well on the Temple lease at the Montebello field in summer 1917, Walter and Laura Temple began sending their four surviving children (a daughter died in infancy) to local private schools.  Within a couple of years, eldest child, Thomas W.... Continue Reading →

“Bringing Back Our Yesterdays”: The Olvera Street Plan in “Southern California Business” Magazine, August 1929

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Olvera Street, the short lane running north from the Plaza, the historic center of Los Angeles, is a remarkable phenomenon of contested history.  While created (as distinct from "restored") as a purported monument to pre-American California and also positioned as a major tourist attraction with a variety of shops and restaurants... Continue Reading →

A Journal by Thomas W. Temple II from the Workman Homestead, July-August 1924, Part Four

by Paul R. Spitzzeri Continuing this post based on the informative and interesting entries from Thomas W. Temple II's journals from his summer vacation back home at the "Workman Homestead Rancho" in late July and early August 1924, we pick up with his writings of 7 August. Thomas began by observing that "yesterday was Agnes'... Continue Reading →

A Journal by Thomas W. Temple II from the Workman Homestead, July-August 1924, Part Two

by Paul R. Spitzzeri This second part of a post examining journal entries written at the "Workman Homestead Rancho" by Thomas W. Temple II during late July and early August 1924 while he enjoyed his summer vacation includes a second entry penned on 25 July.  The first entry, presumably written in the morning, was followed... Continue Reading →

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